Industry Azorra orders 22 Airbus A220 Family aircraft
Airbus has announced its first order of the new year. Leasing company Azorra has signed for 22 Airbus A220 Family aircraft.
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced the first order of 2022. U.S.-American leasing company Azorra has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 22 Airbus A220 Family aircraft. The order consists of 20 A220-300s and two ACJ TwoTwenty business jets.
With the order, Azorra has become the latest customer of the A220 aircraft Family, which Airbus initially acquired from Bombardier. The single-aisle aircraft is popular with airlines and customers that operate on short- to long-haul routes and need a 100-150 seat configured aircraft.
Furthermore, Azorra has chosen the ACJ TwoTwenty, which is the corporate version of the A220. The business jet was launched by Airbus back in 2020 with Comlux being the launch customer. The first ACJ TwoTwenty is set to be delivered in early 2023.
Regarding this latest order by Azorra, John Evans, CEO of the company, said: “We are also thrilled with the opportunity to expand Azorra’s executive jet leasing business with the new ACJ TwoTwenty. Azorra’s new partnership with Airbus and unique ability to offer fleet transition solutions for airlines and executive jet leases to business aviation customers are key differentiators that bring significant value to our customers.”
Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International, added: “We warmly welcome Azorra as a new Airbus partner and salute this decision by a renowned player in the regional aviation space. We have seen a significant market appetite for the A220 Family from a growing and diverse customer base. The addition of Azorra’s capabilities in the regional airline segment is a welcome endorsement for the A220 versatility.”
With this latest order by Azorra, the A220 program has accumulated 668 orders from 25 customers around the world. Just recently, Iraq carrier Iraqi Airways received its first of five A220-300. Furthermore, several airlines in Africa are operating or have ordered the aircraft.
Right now, 13 airlines are using a total of around 190 aircraft on four continents. Largest operator is airBaltic. The Latvian carrier has 32 A220s in its fleet and also took delivery of A220 number 100 back in 2019.
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